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Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Merlot

Cracka Review

Nose: Briary fruit, hints of cocoa, dark chocolate and tar. Cardamon and mulberries.

Palate: Cocoa, sour cherries. Lingering with supple fruit tannins. Ripe and even with excellent mouthfeel.

Food: Beef ragu. Middle eastern lamb. Grilled vegetable stacks. Manchego cheese.

Giant Steps Wine Reviews and Accolades

Gold Medal: 2011 Yarra Valley Wine Show

Winemaker's Notes

Nose: Briary fruit, hints of cocoa, dark chocolate and tar. Cardamon and mulberries.

Palate: Cocoa, sour cherries. Lingering with supple fruit tannins. Ripe and even with excellent mouthfeel.

Food: Beef ragu. Middle eastern lamb. Grilled vegetable stacks. Manchego cheese.

Giant Steps Wine Reviews and Accolades

Gold Medal: 2011 Yarra Valley Wine Show

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Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Merlot

Expert Reviews

Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Wonderful colour a complex aroma with floral black olive and blackberry. Initially soft silky texture flows into a long round soft tannin structure with a morish dry finish. Lovely middle palate richness. Shows what merlot can do in the right hands in the Yarra.
Rob Geddes MW
94
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
Named Best Merlot in the Good Wine Guide -  A lovely little merlot here, showing a wealth of plum and blue fruits, mulberry, gentle oak spice and sweet, fresh, earthy complexity - all looking very good. The palate's supple and even, really smooth, ripe tannins roll through, carrying plenty of fleshy texture; plums rule here. Very drinkable.
Good Wine Guide, 2011 2011
93
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Crimson-purple; both the bouquet and palate have intense red and black fruits that coalesce with French oak and fine but persistent tannins; has very good balance and length.
James Halliday's top value wines $20 & under 2012
93
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
91
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Black olive and blackberry, silky textures and a long soft dry finish. Shows what merlot can do in the right hands in the Yarra.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
92
Campbell Mattinson (2008 Vintage) says
Merlot may well have a reputation as ’soft and fruity’ but when it’s at its best it’s often a lot more challenging than that. This Sexton Vineyard Merlot is a challenging wine, in a positive sense. Steely, blueberried fruit flavour. Briary notes - though it’s not green. Lots of stern, almost gruff tannin. But the bold power to carry, and support, each of these components. Merlot as a statement. Lots of structured and lots of dry power.
WineFront Magazine, 2009 2009
92
Matt Skinner (2008 Vintage) says
Taken from a vineyard tucked into the chilly foothills of the Yarra Valley, this comes deeply coloured and sporting masses of dark-fruit intensity, along with smells of black olive and spice. In the mouth, it's soft and plush, while bright acidity, cedary oak and fine tannins keep things focused. Drink it with slow-roasted shoulder of lamb.
Uncorked Sydney Morning Herald, 2011 2011
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Black olive and blackberry, silky textures and a long soft dry finish. Shows what Bordeaux can do in the Yarra.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
88
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A no-holds-barred Merlot from the big end of town, with deep colour, masses of cassis-accented fruit, and tannins worthy of a top quality, Right Bank Bordeaux.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
92
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Black olive and blackberry, silky textures and a long soft dry finish. Shows what merlot can do in the right hands in the Yarra.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
88
Rob Geddes MW (2003 Vintage) says
Black olive and blackberry, silky textures and a long soft dry finish. Shows what merlot can do in the right hands in the Yarra.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
92
Rob Geddes MW says
Rob Geddes MW

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